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Margaret (Tyndal) Winthrop

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Great Maplestead, Essex, England
Death: June 14, 1647 (52-60)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusettes, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir John Tyndale, Kt., of Mapplestead and Anne, Lady Tyndal
Wife of Gov. John Winthrop, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Mother of Stephen Winthrop; Adam Winthrop, Sr.; Deane Winthrop, I; Nathaniel Winthrop; Govenor Samuel Winthrop and 3 others
Sister of Dean Tyndall
Half sister of John Deane

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About Margaret (Tyndal) Winthrop

Margaret Tyndall was born in 1591, and was still unmarried when her father died, but she married in April 1618 John Winthrop Esq. of Groton in Suffolk. (96) She was his third wife, and enthusiastically shared his puritanical sentiments. He was made one of the Attorneys of the Court of Wards and Liveries in 1627, but being deprived of this office in June 1629 he became an active promoter of the Plantation of New England. He was one of the twelve leading members of the Massachusetts Company, who solemnly agreed at Cambridge on 26th Aug. 1629 to embark by the 1st March then next, ' to the end under God's protection to inhabit and continue in New England,' and on 20th Oct. 1629 he was elected by the general Court of the Company to be their first governor. Winthrop sailed from Southampton in the Arbella on 22d March 1629-30 'with many other godly and well-disposed Christians, who sought to avoid the burdens and snares which were here laid upon their consciences.' (98) He took with him his two sons, Stephen and Adam, who were boys of eleven and ten respectively ; and his wife Margaret with the rest of their children followed him in the Lion, which sailed from England in August КШ. Winthrop's life belongs to the public history of America, where his descendants have for seven generations maintained an honourable position. Ilis wife Margaret survived her emigration sixteen years, and died 14th June 1647, aged fifty-six. He was not long in following her, for he died on 26th March 1649, aged sixty-one. He had issue by his third wife Margaret Tyndall eight children, of whom four died in infaney. His four surviving sons were :1. Stephen Winthrop was born 24th March 1618-19, when his grandmother Lady Tyndall, his grand uncle Mr. Stephen Egerton, and his uncle Deane Tyndall were his sponsors. He emigrated with his father in the Arbella, and was for some time Recorder of Boston, but he afterwards returned to England, and served with the rank of colonel in the army of the Parliament in the Civil War. He was M.P. for Banffshire in 1656, and died in London in 1658. (96)2. Adam Winthrop was born at Groton 7th April 1620, and died in New England in 1652, leaving issue. (96)3. Deane WINTHROP was baptized at Groton 23d March 1622-3, and died at Boston 16th March 1704, aged eighty-one. (96)4. Samuel Winthrop was baptized 26th Aug. 1627, and was in 1668 deputy governor of Antigua. (96) __________________________________

 Margaret Winthrop  By Alice Morse Earle
 (Margaret Tyndal Winthrop)

This biography of Margaret Winthrop must not be concluded without briefly telling of her children and her descendants. Four of her eight children died in infancy, — Nathaniel, Anne, William, and Sarah. Stephen, her oldest child, became Recorder and Representative in New England, but in England, the country of his birth, became Colonel, then Major-General in the Parliamentary Army. He also sat in one of Cromwell's Parliaments. His wife was Judith Rainsborough, sister of a Colonel in the Parliamentary Army, and also sister of John Winthrop's fourth wife. He left daughters only; so the name of Winthrop became extinct in that line.

Adam Winthrop, her second child, married the step-daughter of President Dunster of Harvard College, Elizabeth Glover, and died leaving one son, Adam, who left a son Adam, who was Chief Justice, and a daughter Mary. From Chief Justice Adam Winthrop were descended Professor John W. Winthrop of Harvard College, the astronomer and Revolutionary patriot, and his sons John; Adam, who was lost at sea; William, who died in 1825; and the late Judge James Winthrop. John had two sons, John aud Adam; but the name Winthrop is now extinct in this line. From Mary, daughter of the third Adam, came a large and honorable line of godly descendants, whose lives would have exceedingly rejoiced the souls of John and Margaret Winthrop. She married Colonel John Ballantine. Her sons were Rev. John Ballantine of Westfield, Mass., another Rev. John his son;Rev. Wm. Gay Ballantine, of Washington, Mass.; Rev. Henry Ballantine, long a missionary in India, whose children and grandchildren are now missionaries there and consuls; Rev. John Winthrop Ballantine, o f Ridgfield, Conn., is another son. Another great-grandson of Mary Winthrop was Rev. Elisha Ballantine, Professor of Greek in Indiana University. His children are Rev. Dr. Henry W. Ballantine, of Baltimore, Md.; Rev. Dr. Wm. G. Ballantine, President of Oberlin College; Mary, the mother of Rev. Paul Brown of Colorado; and Anna T. Ballantine, Lady Principal of Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn.

Deane Winthrop, Margaret's third son, married Sarah Glover, and had a large family of children. He lived to great old age, but his son died unmarried before him.

Samuel Winthrop, her fourth son, married a Dutch lady, and became Governor of Antigua. Though he had several sons, of whom three were married, the male line became extinct in that generation. Among his descendants in the female line were Admiral Lord Lyons and his son Lord Lyons, long minister from Great Britain to this country; and the present Duke of Norfolk; thus the blood of the Puritan mother runs in the veins of the most prominent Roman Catholic nobleman in England.

It was given to Margaret Winthrop to endure in her fifty-six years of life a far wider and deeper range of emotions and experiences than has fallen to the lot of many women. A sheltered girlhood was rudely shocked by the murder of her father. She was parted from her beloved husband by an unknown ocean, which must have seemed to her a sea of despair, of horrible danger, if she could think the Thames perilous; she bravely faced and endured that venturous voyage herself, and encountered with courage the fears and hardships of a pioneer life in a strange savage world. She was brought thither, to use her husband's powerful words, "through the swelling seas, through perills of pyrates, tempests,! leakes, fires, rocks, sands, diseases, starvings; and the colony was here preserved these many years through displeasure of Princes, the envy and rage of Prelates, the malignant plots of Jesuits, the mutinous contentions of discontented persons, the open and secret attempts of barbarous Indians, the seditions and undermining practices of hereticall false brethren."

Margaret Winthrop was saddened by the death of children, and she had to bear that rending of a mother's heart, — the burial of a child at sea. She had a life of hard work, of many cares, and she experienced entire loss of fortune; yet I think her life was a happy one, for there was one bitter cup she was never forced to taste, — that of disgrace; and in all her sorrows and fears she was cheered and strengthened not only by an inspired religious faith, but by a love such as is the fortune of few women to arouse and retain; a love so tender, so thoughtful, so sheltering, that it might well prove to her, as her husband said, a symbol of the everlasting love of her Heavenly Father.



John Winthrop: America's forgotten founding father By Francis J. Bremer


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Margaret (Tyndal) Winthrop's Timeline

Essex, England
March 24, 1619
Age 28
Groton Manor, Suffolk, England
April 7, 1620
Age 29
Groton Manor, Suffolk, England
March 16, 1623
Age 32
Groton Manor, Suffolk, England
Age 33
Groton Manor, Suffolk, England
August 26, 1627
Age 36
Groton Manor, Suffolk, England
April 29, 1630
Age 39
Groton Manor, Suffolk, England
November 2, 1631
Age 40
Plymouth, Plymouth, MA
August 26, 1632
Age 41
Boston, Suffolk, Massachussetts